2010 06 22: Many of new SharePoint 2010 content authors find themselves editing in a common content placeholder on a web page, and inexplicably SP2010 begins bold-ing all of their content. Even if they manually type it in, rather than copy/paste it as plaintext, they STILL end up with everything in bold… 😐 …
In fact, what’s really aggravating is that the Bold button on the toolbar WON’T EVEN !@#$%^&* TURN OFF >:-( …
Has this happened to YOU too? Well, I dug around a little bit, and discovered what was going on…
It’s a very common practice when working with a common Content Placeholder page that The User first inserts (say) a 3 column x 1 row TABLE in order to achieve a simple 3 column structure. The author then begins typing (or copying/pasting) content into each of these columns, and the end result is typically a very clean, auto-wrapping 3 column layout…
.. enter SP2010, and its want-to-be-helpful nature. What SP2010 does by default is to automatically assume this first row of a table is a header row, and guess what formatting is associated with a header row?
You guessed it – bold formatting.
Since only a single row-ed table was inserted, and SP2010 assumed it was a header row, and this header row is a container for everything The User attempts to author… EVERYTHING The User types will be table header content, in other words, bold.. .
BROWSE to your problematic page;
INSERT your cursor into the problematic table area;
CHANGE to EDIT mode;
NAVIGATE to Table Tools tab > Design sub-tab
UNcheck the “Header Row” checkbox (and all the other checkboxes, for that matter)…
=> *voila*, you now have a dumb table of <table><tr><td></td></tr></table> cells – just like you wanted in the first place. 🙂
… and so the ranch was saved. 😉